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First Name: John

Last Name: Ehle

Birthplace: Kearney, NE, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)

Rating: Firefighter Petty Officer 1st Class

Home of Record: NE
Middle Name: Walter

Date of Birth: 11 May 1873

Date of Death: 25 July 1927

Rank or Rate: Petty Officer First Class

Years Served:
John Walter Ehle

•  Spanish-American War (1898)


John Walter Ehle

Fireman First Class, U.S. Navy

Medal of Honor Recipient

Spanish-American War

Fireman First Class John Walter Ehle (11 May 1873 - 25 July 1927) was a U.S. Navy sailor who received the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during the Spanish-American War.

John Walter Ehle was born 11 May 1873 in Kearney, NE, and after entering the Navy, he was sent to fight in the Spanish-American War aboard the USS Concord.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Fireman First Class, U.S. Navy

Citation: On board the USS Concord off Cavite, Manila Bay, Philippine Islands, 21 May 1898. Following the blowing out of a lower manhole plate joint on boiler B of that vessel, Ehle assisted in hauling the fires in the hot, vapor-filled atmosphere which necessitated the playing of water into the fireroom from a hose.

Death and Burial

Fireman First Class John Walter Ehle died on 25 July 1927. He is buried at Saint Mary's Cemetery in Oakland, CA.

Honoree ID: 1879   Created by: MHOH




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